Get Kids Ready for School Without Yelling (Yes, It’s Possible!)

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Getting my kids in a reasonable school-morning routine that doesn’t involve yelling or shoving (gentle shoving, of course, in the direction of the front door) is a process that’s taken me years…and it’s still not quite perfect.

But along the way I’ve learned a few things about how I function best in the mornings. Consistent routines, for one. And some not-so-conventional strategies, like allowing just enough – but not too much – time for getting the kids ready and out the door. (For me, a half-hour, tops. Any more than that, and I lose track of time.)

I’ve written a post about our school-year morning routine – and how to manage mornings without yelling – over at iVillage.

From the post:

“Would you hurry up already?”

Yes, that’s been me, more times than I’d like to admit. Usually around 7:55 AM, five minutes before my kids have to leave for the bus, when one of them is still walking around looking for his math homework. Wearing one sock.

Read the whole post, including my ideas for less stressful school mornings, over at iVillage.

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